Vredestein Ultra Satin Summer Tyre-to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show

Vredestein Ultra Satin Summer Tyre,

Vredestein Ultra Satin Summer Tyre

Vredestein Ultra Satin Summer Tyre

I will be the first to admit that I thought that Apollo would eventually melt Vredestein down into their giant tyre manufacturing machine?

Vredestein was always a niche tyre manufacturer that developed a very good tyre product, from their factory in Holland. Like most tyre retailers we also became very familiar with the Vredestein staff at their warehouse here in the UK. For many years, we sold the Vredestein products. The Dutch company always came out with different ideas, to help us sell the products including designer tyres. The special products, though, were the winter tyre range.

The Vredestein winter tyres were world renowned for quality and performance.

Then came Apollo tyres? They saw Vredestein as a door into the European and the UK tyre market. At first, things did not change. But as in all take-overs, Apollo began to run Vredestein tyres, their own way. The distribution centre has changed along with the computer system.

Vredestein Ultra Satin Summer Tyre

It looked very much like Apollo were going to “overpower” Vredestein into the Apollo tyre brand. This announcement of the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre came as a surprise to me, (a nice surprise)

There is no doubt that we are now dealing with one of the most progressive tyre manufacturers, in the world and Apollo Vredestein has chosen the high-profile setting of this year’s Geneva Motor Show to launch its very latest tyre products, including the Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre. There will also be additions to its Passenger Car range as well they will be announcing that the company’s ambitious growth strategy has now entered a new and exciting direction.

The new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre

Vredestein tyre dealers who have for many years promoted this excellent product and the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre, will be Unveiled on the Apollo stand. They will show off the new tyre which incorporates a number of benefits including outstanding driving performance, superior energy efficiency and low noise levels.

Apollo-Vredestein will also unveil the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti high-performance pattern in 24-inch size option has a special tread pattern for both the front and rear axles and has been specifically designed for the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, as well as the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre. This is altogether great news for all the Apollo-Vredestein dealers across Europe and the UK

Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres-A great quality tyre at an affordable price

Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres

Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres-For those who have never heard of Jinyu tyres, I have decided to introduce them in my blog.

Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres

Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres

Like many other tyres manufacturing companies the JINYU Tyre Group Co started to produce tyres in 1995.

The 1990’s saw a huge revolution in the tyre manufacturing sector. Because, this coincided with the opening up of cheaper manufacturing in China. With  the automation of the tyre manufacturing sector. Many of the leading tyre companies, started to open up factories in China. Making it the largest tyre making nation in the world.

New tyre companies soon sprung up. With the Chinese government spending billions to become the largest manufacturing base in a short period of time. This included Jinyu. Who with assets of 4 billion RMB, began producing tyre products in its ultra-modern tyre factory.

Like millions of other products produced in China.  Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres were produced and exported all around the globe. Including here in the UK. In fact, Jinyu produces tyres that are exported to over 100 countries, making over 3 million passenger tyres a year.

Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres

Unlike many other tyres produced in China the Jinyu tyres have won many acclaimed certifications for their quality. Unlike other tyre companies. Jinyu has made promises to honour their distribution system and will not offer their tyre products to others. Because, if there is a distributor already established in the country that they export to.

In the UK, the Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres are imported by Bonds of Pocklington. Consequently, Bonds are now establishing a network of Jinyu dealers across the UK.

Finally, we have had very good results, including the winter tyre range. Because, Eric Roberts says, “Jinyu YH11 Passenger tyres are a great tyre and the product fits in with our new portfolio of brands, including the newly acquired General tyre franchise for the Halifax area”.

Land Rover Tyres-Some thoughts about the “good old days” and tyre evolution

Land Rover Tyres

Land Rover Tyres

Land Rover Tyres

It was back in the 1960’s when I first started in the tyre trade. Although we were operating in a small town, Dewsbury in Yorkshire, it was surprising the amount of Land Rover’s that we would see. We were I suppose surrounded by countryside. This meant that we had quite a few of our customers that were, in fact, farmers.

This is very similar to our present location here in Halifax, we are in a small town surrounded by countryside and we do in fact have some farmers in our mixed customer base. I remember that we used to dodge doing the farmers Land Rover because they always used to smell bad and were usually covered in cow poo?

The farmers, however, did not have the choice of Land Rover Tyres that they certainly have today. The two sizes that were most popular were the 600×16 and the 750×16. The 600×16 tyres were fitted onto the short wheelbase Land Rovers and the 750×16 were fitted to the long wheelbase ones. We were in those days the beginning of the “National Tyres network” and owned by Dunlop at the time.

Because of this, Dunlop was the main Land Rover Tyres that we fitted. The tyre model was the Dunlop RK3 and came out in three sized, as original equipment on the Land Rovers. This gave them the replacement market edge, but other tyre companies were making these tyre sizes. The tyres were in those days X-ply construction and the pattern in the centre were similar to a car tyre pattern, with lugs on the tread outer edges. This gave them an on/off road capability, which suited the framing community.

Land Rover Tyres

Soon to follow Dunlop were another British tyre company, Avon. Avon brought out the Avon Traction Mileage tyre. This tyre was slightly more aggressive looking and began to win favours with the countryside drivers of the Land Rover.

Land Rover Tyres

Land Rover Tyres

Farmers were always renowned for having “deep pockets” and it was not before remoulded tyres were produced in these sizes. Companies such as Kingpin Remoulds were flourishing in the sixties and seventies.

You now have to jump to the 1970’s to see a real change in tyre designs. This was when the new Range Rover was introduced to the public. This was a country vehicle with the added comfort of the normal saloon car.

A completely new tyre came out with the Range Rover. It was a 205/80X16 radial.This started off a whole new ball game for the Land Rovers as well as the Range Rovers. One of the most popular tyres in the 1970’s was the Michelin XPC and became a favourite with the farming community because it was hard wearing, like many of Michelin’s tyre range at the time.

Land Rover Tyres

In the coming years, all sorts of tyre sizes were coming out to fit the Range Rovers and tyre profiles were getting lower and lower. Bringing all this history forward to today, then one of the best tyres for these vehicles come from the General Land Rover Tyres range. These have been developed in line with the manufacturers introducing traction control to their vehicles. Now tyre treads have become far less aggressive to give the same amount of grip as their older counterparts. The vehicle electronics now play a greater part in a tyres grip and so greater tyre mileage can be achieved.

All-terrain Tyres-A wide range of tyres for the Land Rover or SUV owner?

All-terrain Tyres

There are many different types and makes of 4×4 and SUV vehicles on today’s roads, and so explaining about which tyres to use for various vehicle makes, becomes nigh impossible.

For this purpose, I am going to use the Land Rover, for my explanation into all-terrain tyres. All-terrain tyres are for the driver who may do the mixed on-road driving and off-road driving. Many of the SUV’s come out on a standard summer tyre. But the type of tyre that most people associate this kind of vehicle on is a more All-terrain Tyresrugged tyre.

This is where the all-terrain tyres, come into their own. A good example that I came across recently was at an agricultural show in Halifax where my tyre business is based. The cars are all parked in a grassy area, adjacent to the showground. I suspect that you now know what I am about to say because many drivers have experienced this for themselves.

The day started out to be sunny but in the afternoon, then heavy thundery showers were peppering the Halifax area. One shower turned into a torrential deluge, sending spectators and exhibitors for the shelter of the marques. The fun came when the visitors started to drift to the car park and then home. To my surprise, most small family cars did alright, apart from a little skidding.

However, to my surprise, the cars that were suffering and getting stuck were the SUV’s and were also driven by lady drivers. The one I helped was a BMW, with brand new Continental summer tyres fitted. The car was useless and skidded all over the place.

All-terrain Tyres

Halifax is not what you could call a rural area. The terrain is hilly with many small steep bendy lanes and “B” roads. We also have a successful Land Rover dealer in the area, and so it is a perfect scenario to fit a set of all-terrain tyres. These are the tyres you want if you are driving on a mix of road surfaces. You can go from tarmac roads straight onto dirt and farm and forest roads, with high confidence of not losing traction.

The ratio of on/off road capability is most often about 60/40. The one tyre that I would recommend through years of experience is the General Grabber AT. These all-terrain tyres are ideal for the Land Rover owners and any other type of these vehicles. The General Grabber tyres also carry the “snowflake” symbol, which means they are also ideal for bad winter weather and snow.

Fit these tyres and you will be the person that gets to work on time, or can pull off the grass at an agricultural show?

Tyre Aquaplaning- Watch out for sudden rain downpour? Especially with bald tyres.

Tyre Aquaplaning

Like the rest of the planet. Britain has been struck by large spells of torrential rain. Here in Halifax, UK, we are part of the Calder valley, river and canal Tyre aquaplaning system. The river Calder is surrounded by steep hills. Also with many small country roads at each side for much of its length. This has a funneling effect for any rain that falls. Especially, heavy rain.

This winter has seen really bad flooding in the Calder valley. As a result, towns such as Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd were very badly flooded.Tus, on Boxing Day of 2015.

Our area was deluged. Therefore, the water was coming down the country roads, like rivers. Accordingly, the vehicle in which I was travelling was fitted out with winter tyres. Because of this, I felt safe and secure in the knowledge that the car would not aquaplane. My car ploughed through the water and I felt confident that my winter tyres were disposing of all the water that the heavens could throw at us.

Tyre aquaplaning is caused when builds up in front of your tyres at a faster pace than the weight of your car can push out of the way. This causes the car to rise up, and creates a thin layer of water between your tyres and the road surface.

Tyre Aquaplaning

When this happens. Then, your car is virtually out of control, Of course, and can have a will of its own. Often, drifting out in any direction and even off the road. The worse scenarios are combined with the lack of tyre tread (bald tyres). We have all seen the effects. As a result on racing tyre slicks, (the racing tyres with no tread pattern at all) when there is a sudden downpour during a race.

Tyre aquaplaning

Winter tyre also help to get rid of the water between your vehicle and the road, because they contain millions of “sipes”, tiny slits that get rid of the water.

The race cars just lose total control, well this is what happens with your tyre aquaplaning.

Better still fit winter tyres, they are not just for the snow, but will get rid of most of the water and will make your life much safer, during any bad weather.

Also watch out when it rains for the first time after a dry spell. The rain mixes with the oil and other chemicals on the road surface and can make it very slippery. This condition often causes many crashes.

If you are driving through a storm and the rain gets too heavy then pull over and stop (when it is safe to do so of course).

 

225-45R17 Summer Tyre-Used in ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club) tyre tests

225-45R17 Summer Tyre

These tyre tests are considered to be one of the most accurate and dependable tyre tests in the world. The ADAC is the German version of our RAC or AA. The testing is carried out and the results are compiled into data, rather than just a scoring method.

225-45R17 Summer Tyre

Continental racing tyres are one of the reasons why their tyres are number one in road testing.

It was no surprise to me that the Continental Sport Contact 5 tyre, once again came out the top tyre in a combination of all the testing data. Continental have also picked up more points in the tread wear part of the testing, and will be very difficult to beat in future tests.

New versions of tyres made by Michelin, Dunlop and Goodyear were not in the tests this year, but I still feel confident that Continental, with their 225-45R17 Summer Tyre, will be the top tyre for a few years to come.

225-45R17 Summer Tyre

This excites me because here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK, we are Continental stockists are also great fans of General tyres, one of the Continental owned brands that use the same quality ingredients to make both types of tyres. The fact that they are made by Continental gives us great confidence when we offer the very popular tyre size of the 225-45R17 Summer Tyre, to our customers, we know that they are the from the same factories and made from the same tyre materials and compounds.

Another brand that we offer in Halifax is the Apollo tyre brand of Vredestein tyres. Apollo-Vredestein came fourth behind third-place Pirelli tyres.

Michelin came in ninth place overall. There is no doubt at all that Michelin were very disappointed with the result.

  • The total tyre results for the winner of the 225-45R17 Summer Tyre, was the Continental scoring the following points-
  • Dry conditions 9.6
  • Wet Conditions 8.2
  • Rolling Resistance 7.8
  • Comfort 5.4- Giving a total of 39 points.

 

 

Renault Window Control Module-Windows cause Renault owners problems-goes down but not up?

Renault Window Control Module problem at Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK

This is becoming a regular issue for some Renault, car owner. The problem starts with the windows rattling and vibrating.This usually happens when theRenault Window Control Module electric window switch is operated. The cause of the problem comes from two sources, either electrical or mechanical.
If you can hear the electric motor running and attempting to turn, then the problem is likely to be a mechanical problem.The other scenario is if you can hear just a click and nothing happens, i.e., the window going up or down, then it will be an electrical fault.We have had cases where the window, decides to operate on its own.

This is usually a short out and therefore is also an electrical problem.

Renault Window Control Module

The particular car that we have had in recently had a fault because the window just did not go up or down. When examining the problem we had to remove the door cover and check out the door. Common causes are broken plastic clips and damaged steel cables.Hence, the steel cables are often rusted with condensation and as we all know the rust eventually leads to damaged parts.In this case, the steel cable was damaged. In other cases, we have found that the problem has been water entering the six pin Renault Window Control Module. This is fitted to the electric window motor. It can also lead to communication difficulties with the cars computer system. This can be the problem with your vehicle windows going up and down on their accord. In the case of our car, it meant that

Renault Window Control Module

Renault window mechanism

The Window Control Module was replaced. As a result, this was a relatively easy job. It is very important however to clean and grease all the moving parts after the Renault Window Control Module is fitted. We tested the window. Naturally, everything was working fine before the car was returned to the customer.

Car Battery Problems-Or could it be your Car Alternator that is blamed.

Car Battery Problems

Unfortunately, the two things are very closely linked. Many customers call in knowing that they have car battery problems. The number one sign is quite evident? The car will not start. This is mainly in the cold weather of wintertime.

It can also become a problem in hot summer weather when the air conditioning is working at full pelt. This problem, can show up a failing battery and give the owner what

Car Battery Problems

Typical modern alternator

he thinks are car battery problems.

I must confess that the first thing we do is to test the battery and the alternator with the same piece of equipment. This usually fails the car battery, and we then fit a new one. Nine times out of ten, this will do the trick. However, a faulty alternator could make the original problem re-occur.

When we talk about car battery problems, we need to understand a little about, what the alternator does? The primary task is to keep the battery charge topped up at the correct level. This is when the driver is using a significant amount of electrics in the cars cab.

In winter time it will be the car lights and the heater system that takes much of the power from the battery and making the alternator work hard, replacing the charge back into the battery. This could also be a clue to the driver that the car is about to have some car battery problems.

Car Battery Problems

One of the first signs is that your cars lights may appear to be shining dimmer. This is usually an alternator problem. Too much or too little power back to your battery will make your lights dimmer.

This was more common on the older type, what I call “dynamo” alternators. Lights dimming were one of the first signs that the dynamo bushes, (that created the electricity to charge up the battery) were wearing down and therefore not doing the job correctly. When the alternator was not passing enough charge, then the light would dim, or the heater would work slowly and make a distinctly different noise to what it should make.

A good point about the older type of alternator is that it could be repaired, by fitting a new set of bushes. Older mechanics would remember this well. It was a job usually given to the junior member of the garage staff.

When the earlier alternators failed then, the first thing to happen would be that the driver would start to have car battery problems. What they did was to boil theCar Battery Problems battery almost dry, and the battery needed replacing. In many cases, the alternator would fail completely and would have to be repaired along with fitting a new car battery.

Car Battery Problems

The more modern car alternator is much more complicated. They are indeed connected to the entire cars electrical system via the cars ECU (on-board computer).The modern alternator works similar to a smart charger, applying a constant charge replacement to the battery in a more efficient manner than the old type dynamo charger.

This type of alternator usually fails because of a faulty circuit board and will fail at once. These alternators are repaired by specialist companies, and we buy them as we need them as exchange units.

One thing that we have learned about batteries and alternators is that when a battery goes, we here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, always check the cars alternator when we fit a new battery. This gives us a piece of mind that the new battery won’t be damaged by a faulty alternator in a few weeks’ time.

Other great reading…http://auto.howstuffworks.com/alternator.htm

General Quality Tyres-Quality mid-range tyres made by The Continental tyre group.

General Quality Tyres

General Quality Tyres

General Quality Tyres

The history of General Quality Tyres started in 1915, by William F. O’Neil and Winfred E. Fouse in Akron, Ohio, USA. Like many other tyre companies, General made other rubber based products, other than tyres. In fact, General invented the rubber flaps that are used to prevent splashing from truck wheels onto other vehicles. They also invented the “low-pressure tyre.”

General Quality Tyres diversified into other industries. This included a string of radio stations called the “Yankee Network”. They also purchased the “Don Lee” broadcasting system and some West coast radio stations. One of their main acquisitions though was to be the RKO radio pictures company in 1955 from Billionaire, Howard Hughes.

Later in the company’s history, the broadcasting part of the business collapsed, leaving the General Quality Tyres, part of the firm, stood alone.

General tyres had built an excellent reputation with its 4×4 tyre range and soon after the broadcasting part of the business stopped trading, the casing part of the business was snapped up by the then rapid expanding Continental tyre group based in Germany.

General Quality Tyres

In my opinion, this move has led to the improvement of the General Quality Tyres product. The General now incorporates all the research and development of the rest of the Continental products. The casing used to make the General Quality Tyres, is the same as utilised in the Continental tyre products.

They also continue to manufacture the excellent 4×4 tyre range including the AT tyre series. We have sold General Quality Tyres for many years but this year General Quality Tyreshere at Pellon Tyres in Halifax; we became fully blown General Quality Tyres retailers. This means that we can now sell the full range of this excellent product. The General car and van tyre range include a full range of summer tyres to winter tyres.

The tyres are all made at the Continental tyre factories around the world. As I reported earlier, they are manufactured from the same materials and research and development but are finished in the General tread patterns. This means that our customers will be buying General Quality Tyres, with the same quality as a Continental tyre, making them savings in their purses and pockets.

 

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises-for distressed lady customer with her Zara problem?

When we received a phone call from a distressed lady customer, She had a Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises? We had an idea of what it could be?

She explained a bad knocking noise is coming from the rear of the car, and she was frightened to drive it.Hence, the car was a Citroen Zara with rear knocking sounds.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

Citroen Zara pointing out the position of the broken bearing

So we towed the car back to the garage at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

Therefore, we knew what the Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises. Was probably going to be. Thus it would not be a cheap job. A common fault on Peugeot and Citroen vehicles is the collapse of the rear radius arm bearings, and this problem can cause the bad knocking noises that the lady customer could hear.

Sure enough, the cat arrived at the garage, and we proceeded to lift the car up on one of our lifts far a thorough rear end examination that had caused the Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises. Sure enough, the diagnoses confirmed the failure of the rear radius arm bearings, causing the cars problems.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

This issue can cause severe camber lean, causing the wheels and tyres to rub on the body of the car. It can also cause a failure to the rear torsion bar, which can snap off completely?

In the past, we at Pellon Autocentre have developed several solutions to confront this collapsed bearings problem.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

Citroen Zara old axle unit ready to exchange parts on a recon axle

The bearings can be changed. This involves many hours of labour and struggle.

There are companies now that specialise in refurbishing these bearings, by building and selling a rear axle complete axle. All we have to do is strip off the parts that are not affected, such as the brakes. We obviously replace any brakes that are worn out, before building them back up again.

We think that the exchange refurbished axle is the best option. If you get a Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises, then you should consider this option. The entire shaft should last out the life of the car, and all your rear brakes will be refurbished at the same time. This should give the customer peace of mind.

Our lady customer went for this option, and the job was finished in the same day.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

Recon axle ready to be fitted back onto the Citroen Zara